The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has rolled out new nationwide rules for traveler pat-downs. Guess what? Sexual assault is acceptable when the government does it!
"We have to search up your thighs and between your legs until we meet resistance," the agent explained, identifying resistance as testicles. Testicular-fondling is now part of our national security apparatus.
Obviously, the TSA has gone too far in violating our right to privacy from invasive body scanners and pat-downs, exceeding all reasonable boundaries expected of them as an agency. Everyday Americans are already feeling the effects of this new policy. After her underwire bra set off an alarm, CNN's Rosemary Fitzpatrick admitted that she was reduced to tears when subjected to the new pat down. "I felt helpless, I felt violated, and I felt humiliated," she said.
Here's the clincher. TSA blogger Bob tells us that all airline travelers can ask for a grope, I mean, pat-down, in a private room because that is somehow supposed to make the gross invasion of privacy so much better when it is in an intimate setting.
Listen, the TSA had the chance to catch terrorists. It blew it. Literally. What makes the agency think that searching us for "guns" and bombs in our various cavities will make them more effective?
Enough is enough. Tell TSA that it is not acceptable for agents to touch your junk and feel you up just because you refuse exposure to radiation via full-body invasive scanners.
1. Sign this petition email to U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Senate Committee on TSA Oversight and the TSA Civil Rights division.
2. Spread the word via Facebook and Twitter:
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The pat-down, while seemingly more effective than previous pat-downs, will not stop dedicated and clever terrorists from smuggling on board small weapons or explosives. Most terrorist plots are planned way in advance of intrusive airline checks and there is little-to-no evidence that increased airport security has foiled a planned attack.
Moreover, it is a gross violation of privacy, borderlining on sexual assault. It is unclear what gives TSA the authority to impose such intrusive pat downs, let alone fine travelers who do not submit to it. As a public agency, the TSA must comply with relevant law, and it must not be permitted to engage in such a fundamental change in agency practice without providing the public the opportunity to express its views.
Sexual assault and porn should NOT be acceptable just because the government does it. Neither "crotchal searches" nor full-body scanners are acceptable means of protecting Americans and ensuring that we are free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Nor do they advance our security interests.
We need oversight hearings immediately and a quick cessation to these intrusive searches that violate American freedoms and liberties.